BULKY WASTE SERVICE REVIEW SPARKS FLY-TIPPING FEARS
FEARS have been expressed that West Lancashire Borough Council’s decision to suspend their bulky waste collection service until further notice has led to an increase in fly-tipping.
The bulky waste collection allowed residents to have larger disused items, such as fridges, collected by the council for a fee of £13 for one to five items or £25.50 for six to 10 items.
For more than 10 items residents had to call the council’s customer services department.
However, a concerned local political source, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Champion: “The bulky waste collection service is currently not being offered by the council at all. It has been suspended about a month ago throughout the borough.”
And the source claimed: “It is creating confusion. Statistics on fly-tipping have rocketed 400% in the last four weeks.
“There has been no consultation about this and there has also been no indication of when this will be put right by the council.
“Residents don’t know what to do with their bulky waste. Sofas and other items are being dumped and the council still has to collect them but without making a fee, it’s mind-boggling to me.”
Derby ward Councillor Adrian Owens added: “For many residents, especially those without cars, the bulky waste collection is a highly-valued service and the council needs to work to establish an effective and efficient replacement service as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for West Lancashire Borough Council commented: “The council is currently reviewing the provision of its bulky waste removal service.
“Residents who are able to take their bulky waste to the local household waste recycling centre are advised to apply for a free waste permit from Lancashire County Council if they will be using a van or twin axe trailer.
“The council has an environmental enforcement team who look out for littering and fly-tipping across the borough and despite this time of the year when residents are looking to spring clean there has been no significant increase in fly-tipping. If any resident sees someone illegally dumping rubbish they can report fly-tipped waste on the council website.”
Last month West Lancs Council chiefs defended the decision to introduce brown bins for garden waste. Green bins are now going to be used for cardboard and paper.
This scheme has proved to be controversial with some residents calling it a waste of money and others fearing more bins on the streets could cause a safety hazard.
However the council responded by saying the new arrangement is “much better value for council taxpayers.”